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12 Days Uganda and Rwanda Itinerary

12 Days Uganda and Rwanda Itinerary

Holiday Destinations
  • Murchison Falls
  • Kibale National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Bwindi Impenetrable
  • Volcano National Park
Holiday Details
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Country: Rwanda, Uganda
  • Departures: Kampala

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Game Drive
  • Chimp Tracking


Day 01: Arrival and drive to Kampala.

Depending on time of arrival at Entebbe Airport, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to Hotel in Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Ndere center. (Optional) visit to Uganda wildlife Educational Centre (UWEC) which show cases all the animals in our parks apart from the Gorillas. (Meal Plan: HB).

Day 02: Kampala- Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we begin with the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. We shall have lunch after the trek, after lunch, drive to Murchison at the spectacularly situated site at the top of the fall where you can see the Nile's beauty perfected!! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to 1 km squeeze through a 7-meter canyon dropping 45 meters with a thunderous roar creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile. “The Murchison Falls ". Overnight and dinner at Fort Murchison. (Meal Plan: HB)

Day 03: Murchison Falls National Park

Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. The guide will help us spot Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalos, Rothschild's giraffes, hartebeests, Waterbucks, Oribi, Bushbucks, Bohor reedbucks, hyenas and if we are lucky, the leopards. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, we go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda Kobs, crocodiles. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your - quite heavy - hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. The guide will be waiting for us to bring us back to the lodge. Overnight and dinner as above. (Meal plan: FB)

Day 04: Murchison Falls-Kibale

Morning breakfast, check out of the park and drive along lake Albert to the escarpment area for a great view of the great rift valley, continue to Hoima town for lunch at the Kolping Hotel, continue through Mabale, Kagadi towns with great views the local community, thatched houses, school kids and finally to Kyenjojo town. Remember it is a long tiresome, bumpy road from Murchison falls to Kyenjonjo town. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves and for the rest of the journey enjoy the trend in culture. Arrive at Kibale forest camp for diner and overnight. (Meal plan: HB)

Day 05: Chimp tracking

After breakfast, we shall report to the UWA headquarters for briefing then we shall head into the park for chimp tracking and birding. Kibale is home to 13 species of primates and there. This is where we have bigger chances of Chimpanzee tracking. Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others. We shall have a picnic lunch and then continue with our search. In the evening we shall return to the camp for dinner and overnight at Kibale forest camp.

Day 06: Kibale NP- Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up early morning and have breakfast, with our packed lunch, we then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth hosts a variety of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest bio diversity ranging from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 species that include Hippos, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog, There are over 606 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle owl, Black-Rumped buttonquail and African skimmer among others. You will enjoy an evening drive in search for the above mentioned fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight at bush lodge tent.

Day 07: Game drive and boat cruise

Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. We shall come back for a formal breakfast. Lunch and relaxation at the lodge. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals and birds, may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. All meals and overnight as above.

Day 08: Drive to Bwindi National park

After breakfast, set off for Bwindi via the famous Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions tracking game, butterfly and scenery viewing. Lunch enroute, dinner and overnight at Ruhija lodge all on full board.

Day 09: Gorilla tracking

You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. On top of that, there are other animals and birds which you could see on the way. You will spend only one hour with the gorillas as you listen, watch and marvel at them. It is amazing, for one to be in audience with these giants and think they would attack you. However, these gentle giants as they are known don’t attack anybody unless they are threatened, and sometimes, they tease you by jumping up and down and hitting their chests to scare you and see what your reaction would be. Under the circumstances, it is advisable not to look at them directly into their eyes, but look down and don’t show any jocular actions that may be interpreted as an attack to them, keep silence and talk in small tones. And after one hour, they will leave you where you are or your guide will tell you when to depart. If you have the afternoon free, we could walk to the water fall nearby or you can take a guided village amongst the locals. Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 10: Drive to Rwanda Via Cyanika border

Today you will be transferred to Cyanika border (Uganda / Rwanda border). After finishing with Custom procedures, your driver guide will transfer you to Musanze formerly known as Ruhengeri the base home for mountain gorillas in Volcanoes N.P Meals and Overnight at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel.

vDay 11: Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast (6:00am) proceed to Volcanoes National Park headquarters for briefing about the Gorilla Trekking Dos and Don’ts while trekking the Mountain Gorillas. There are 12 Gorilla Families in Rwanda, 10 are fully habituated and open to tourists and 2 are left for research purposes. The trek can take from 1 to 8 hours depending on the gorilla family you’re allocated, Gorilla families are allocated based on the preference of the tourist and their physical fitness. You will discover the Gorillas doing their day by day chores of sustaining their young ones, climbing trees and others simply unwinding. Take your excellent photographs having switched off your flash. You’re allowed to stay with the Gorillas for just one hour, and then descend back to the park office HQ for your gorilla tracking Certificates. Transfer back to your hotel for hot lunch followed by afternoon relaxation as you wait for your dinner and overnight at your hotel as at above.

Day 12:

Golden Monkeys tracking and transfer to Kigali Airport for your International Flight back home

End Of Safari and Our Services !

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Park entrance feesThe Package Excludes
Vehicle entrance feesFlight
Game drivesTips and gratuities,
Launch cruisesLaundry
TransportDrinks and beverages
Accommodation and MealsAny other item of a personal nature.
1 Liter mineral water per person per day.Visas to Uganda & Rwanda
1 Gorilla permit in Uganda and Rwanda
Golden Monkey permit
1 Chimp permit per person
All that is mentioned in the itinerary.

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